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Topic - Tom Leppert
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea-party favorite Ted Cruz are heading to a July 31 runoff in the state's Republican Senate primary, the Associated Press declared late Tuesday.
ESPN college football analyst Craig James, who starred as a tailback at Southern Methodist University and with the New England Patriots in the 1980s, announced Monday he was running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican from Texas, a GOP fundraiser said.
Thanks in part to a $1.6 million personal loan to his own campaign, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and his $2.6 million war chest have the early fundraising lead in a crowded field of Republicans looking to succeed Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012.
A new poll finds there are two tiers among the list of Texas Republicans scrambling to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: There's Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Then there's everybody else.
Mr. Leppert, who stepped down after three years as Dallas mayor in February to mount his Senate bid, acknowledged Wednesday that the overwhelming majority of his financial support is coming from North Texas - but said he is reaching out to the rest of the state.
"When people get to know me, where I stand on spending, where I stand on fiscal responsibility and social issues, on faith issues, the people of Texas are going to be very comfortable supporting me," he said.